The best teachers I know are librarians. But here’s another disturbing story from this morning’s New York Times about budget priorities:
Budget belt-tightening threatens to send school librarians the way of the card catalog.
Students at all six high schools at the Martin Luther King Jr. campus in Manhattan must share the resources of one library.
The schools superintendent in Lancaster, Pa., said he had to eliminate 15 of the district’s 20 librarians to save full-day kindergarten classes.
In the Salem-Keizer school district in Oregon, all 48 elementary and middle school librarians would lose their jobs under a budget proposal that faces a vote next week.
In Illinois’s School District 90, which spans several rural and suburban communities in the southern part of the state, parent volunteers have been running the libraries in the district’s seven schools since September, in what the schools superintendent, Todd Koehl, described as “a last-ditch effort” to avoid closing their doors.